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Cutting mids question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by spiffer07, Apr 4, 2009.


  1. spiffer07

    spiffer07

    Mar 12, 2007
    Instead of boosting mids or highs,does anyone REALLY cut them? Borrowed my amp out to a really good bass player.Upon it's return,The e.q. was,low to high, 4-3-2 .I play a p-bass and roadhouse blues.Anybody cut the mids and highs this much? I kinda like the tone-but of course everything sounds good in the practice room.I have an Ampeg 220 watt ba-hpt with a 15 inch/horn.
     
  2. 4-string

    4-string

    Jul 23, 2006
    Norway
    I tend to cut some between 500 and 1k.
     
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I don't because those mids are what keeps you in a mix. Plus I like bass you can feel AND hear.
     
  4. whoatherechunk

    whoatherechunk

    Apr 4, 2008
    Listen to Jimmy!
     
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Listen to Chunk!
     
  6. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    They're both right.
     
  7. BullHorn

    BullHorn

    Nov 23, 2006
    Israel
    I used to boost my mids to get more RAWR but then I also figured that the particular frequencies that make you sound like RAWR often resonate really loud in many rooms, so I often cut low mids to around 11 o'clock.

    I know some players cut their low-mids even more aggressively.
     
  8. afroman

    afroman Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Listen to Jimmy when he told Chunk that we should listen to him because he said to listen to Jimmy.

    Just don't listen to me:p
     
  9. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    cutting mids is wonderful if you don't want to hear yourself in the mix :)
     
  10. Depends entirely on the room. That is what I use the EQ for, to EQUALIZE the room dynamics.
     
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    In all the time I've been playing, I've not played one room that's benefitted from a mid cut in the bass. Mid cuts work well if you're a solo bassist who slaps a lot and is going to turn up way louder than everyone else. Otherwise you get "And Justice For All" tone, where the bass is almost completely gone.

    OTOH, too much mid and you sound all boxy. It's a fine line.
     
  12. jz0h4d

    jz0h4d

    Apr 26, 2005
    Lots of people cut high mids, listen to CD's.
     
  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    If they do, they usually cut way less than you would think. I'm not going to say people don't do it and sound good occasionally, but it does you no favors in a mix to not have at least some upper mids. And CD's are recorded in a controlled environment. General purpose buildings aren't.
     
  14. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Big difference between a CD recording and a live band mix.
     

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